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Autographed Playbill for A Raisin in the Sun

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Subject of:
Louis Gossett Jr., American, born 1936  Search this
Lonne Elder III, American, 1927 - 1996  Search this
Diana Sands, American, 1934 - 1973  Search this
Douglas Turner Ward, born 1930  Search this
Ossie Davis, American, 1917 - 2005  Search this
Ruby Dee, American, 1924 - 2014  Search this
ink on paper with metal
H x W: 8 15/16 × 6 9/16 in. (22.7 × 16.7 cm)
magazines (periodicals)
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New York City, New York County, New York, United States, North and Central America
An autographed playbill for Raisin in the Sun Vol.3, No. 38. Front cover, along the top, on the left is gray with black type that reads "Ethel/ Barrymore/ Theatre" and to the right, yellow with black type that reads “PLAYBILL / a weekly magazine for theatregoers." In the yellow field are handwritten signatures in blue ink by several of the actors: Louis Gossett (George Murchison), Lonne Elder III (Bobo), Diana Sands (Beneatha Younger), Douglas Turner (one of the Moving Men). Underneath, there is a black-and-white depiction of a man and a woman. The man is behind woman with his arms around her in a gray sweater and woman is looking out of the corner of her eyes at the man and is wearing a black top with white polka-dots around the collar seams. At the bottom left, in white type, are letters that read "RAISIN IN THE SUN." Interior pages, off-white with black type and black-and-white images, 32 pages total. On pg. 7, there are multiple signatures and notes in blue ink. Back cover is an ad for Chesterfield cigarettes, in color, with multiple color images, squares with rounded corners, of a man and woman at various New York landmarks.
African American  Search this
Actors  Search this
Broadway Theatre  Search this
Communities  Search this
Drama (Theatre)  Search this
Families  Search this
Men  Search this
Race discrimination  Search this
Tragedy (Theatre)  Search this
Women  Search this
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Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gifted with pride from Ellen Brooks
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Playbill used by permission. All rights reserved, Playbill Inc
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